Snoring is not only a nuisance, but it can interrupt your sleep or keep your partner awake. Fortunately, there are enough anti-snoring devices on the market so you should be able to find one that works for you.
Snoring devices are offered in different forms such as mouth guards, chin straps, bumpers, and pillows.
Finding the best anti-snoring device may seem a little overwhelming since there are so many to choose from. Here is the rundown on some of the best devices for 2019.
Snoring is caused when the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat relax while we sleep and end up partially occluding the airway. Air that is flowing in and out while we breathe causes these tissues to vibrate, and that’s how snoring happens.
MADs are mouthpieces that work by moving your lower jaw (mandible) forward, keeping the soft tissue in the back of the throat from obstructing the airway. These are the most commonly used type of mouthpiece. A tongue stabilizing device is a piece of flexible plastic or silicone that’s shaped to fit comfortably in the mouth to keep the tongue forward.
Here are some of the most popular anti-snoring mouthpieces:
The SnoreRx anti-snoring device is a popular one and offers a custom fit, which is important because not all mouths are the same size. It uses a “boil and bite” technique for fitting, which means that you boil the device and bite it to make your own impression so that it is the perfect fit for your mouth.
It’s also adjustable in 1mm increments and you can reset the adjustment if needed.
Features of SnoreRX:
• Made of medical-grade, hypoallergenic plastic that has been cleared by the FDA
• Manufactured in the USA
• Doesn’t contain any small pieces and is not a choking hazard
• Small holes in the device allow for mouth breathing if necessary
• May last up to 11 months but is not guaranteed for that length of time
• Does not require a prescription
• Under $100 with a 30-day guarantee
Is SnoreRx Right For You?
SnoreRx could be a great anti-snoring device for you if you snore and are a mouth-breather. It’s not for anyone with sleep apnea or other respiratory conditions or anyone with dentures or other orthodontic equipment.
One of the reviewers for SnoreRx stated that she’s feeling more rested and no longer waking up with headaches. Many online reviews were written by the partner’s of those who snore and stated how happy they are at their partner is no longer waking them up at night.
Vital Sleep is another MAD but what sets it apart from the others is that it’s offered in two different sizes for men and women.
To set your custom impression you put it in hot water for 60 seconds and bite into it. The lower tray can also be adjusted to your comfort up to 8 mm.
Features of Vital Sleep:
• It offers a large opening to allow the flow of air, which makes it a great option for mouth breathers
Large opening to allow the flow of air, which makes it a great option for mouth breathers
• Made in the USA
• FDA approved
• Unlimited warranty up to a year
• Option for a 30-day trial for $7.95s. If you decide to keep it, your card will be charged another $59.95.
Because of its durability, Vital Sleep may be a great anti-snoring device for you if you grind your teeth while you sleep. It’s also suitable for mouth breathers.
Don’t wear Vital Sleep if you have dentures. Just like the other mouthpieces, Vital Sleep is not used to treat sleep apnea and always consult with your physician if you have sleep apnea or other respiratory conditions.
ZQuiet is also a MAD but unlike the others, requires no fitting. It’s ready to use right when you open the box and can offer immediate results the first night.
• Allows for mouth breathing
• Fits most mouths, but can be trimmed with scissors if needed for the perfect fit
• Latex and BPA free
• FDA approved
• Comes with a storage case
• Allows you to open and close your mouth
• Offers a 30-day guarantee
• Cost to buy is $79.95
• You can try it out for $9.95 for 30 days before purchasing to see if it’s right for you
• Lifespan varies for everyone, but it’s recommended that you replace it every 6 months
ZQuiet may be a great anti-snoring device for you if you snore and are a mouth breather. It can possibly be worn with partial dentures, but not for anyone with full dentures.
Many reviewers said that they’re sleeping better, feel well-rested, and now have happy spouses, and one woman stated that her migraines are now gone. One person said, “I can open and shut my mouth, talk, and even take a sip of water at night. It’s by far the best one I have used.”
The GMSS, or Good Morning Snore Solution, is a tongue-stabilizing device (TSD). It works by applying suction to the end of the tongue, pulling and holding it forward to keep it from falling back and obstructing your airway while you sleep.
Features of GMSS:
• Clinically proven to decrease snoring
• Zero to few side effects
• BPA and BHA free
• Cleared by the FDA
• Offers multiple sizes to choose from
• The lifespan is generally 1 year but may need to be replaced sooner for some
• Can be worn with dentures
• Does not allow for mouth breathing
• Can be worn with a nightguard, although some say they don’t need their night guards while wearing this device.
• The cost is under $100 with a 30-day guarantee
GMSS is for people that snore or have mild sleep apnea, but it does not replace a CPAP machine. Unlike many other devices, GMSS can be worn with dentures. It is not suitable for mouth breathers and should not be worn by people with nasal congestion.
Using any anti-snore mouthpiece may cause minor side effects such as dry mouth, a sore jaw, or drooling. It’s important to address your personal needs and talk to your physician to find out which one is best for you.
Other Anti-Snoring Device OptionsHere are some other anti-snoring devices to consider:
Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band is a wearable chest strap suitable for those that snore while sleeping on their backs, which is called positional snoring.
There is a built-in sensor on the strap that gives off vibrations to move you off your back and onto your side, to keep you from snoring. The vibrations are unique to each individual and are designed to get you to reposition, without waking you up.
Philips SmartSleep may be the right anti-snoring device for you if you mainly snore while on your back, which is the most common position to cause snoring. It’s not for those with sleep apnea and does not replace a CPAP machine.
Anti-snore pillows are pillows designed to give you better sleep posture, ideally keeping your airway open to keep you from snoring. A problem with trying these as an anti-snoring device is they can get thrown around and become ineffective when you move while you sleep.
If you do choose to try a pillow, keep in mind that there are different pillows out there for side sleepers and back sleepers, as well as different sizes to choose from. Also, take into consideration which material you’re looking for.
Anti-snore bumpers are designed to keep you on your side by putting a bumper on your back. While they may work to keep you on your back, they may also wake you up and disturb your sleep.
Chinstraps are another type of anti-snoring device designed for those that are “mouth snorers.” A chinstrap is typically worn under the chin and around the top of the head to hold your mouth closed. Chinstraps should not be worn by mouth-breathers.
There are many factors that go into choosing the correct anti-snoring device for you, including your sleeping position, how you breath, and whether or not your snoring is caused by an underlying cause like obstructive sleep apnea.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when searching for an anti-snoring device:
• Do you breathe through your mouth while you sleep?
• Do you wear dentures?
• Do you wear any orthodontic appliances?
• Do you snore only while on your back or while in any position?
• Do you have asthma or any other respiratory condition?
• Is it possible that you may have sleep apnea?
As mentioned, these anti-snoring devices are designed to reduce snoring but are not treatments for sleep apnea. Always consult with a physician for guidance on choosing the device that’s best for you, or if you think you may have sleep apnea.
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